For Immediate Release
December 20, 2012
Contact: Dan Cohen, 510-465-8294 / 510-282-7621
Proposition 35 First to Surpass 10 Million Votes Cast in Support
Measure to stop human trafficking passes with 81.3% of the vote – highest in CA history.
California – The California Secretary of State has certified the 2012 election results and the number of California voters who supported Prop 35 this past November passed the 10 million mark at 10,078,476. In addition, 81.3% of the voter supported the measure, making Prop 35 the most successful ballot initiative since Californians began the process in the 1914 election. Prop 35 was also the first initiative to pass with over 80% of the vote.
The final tally and county-by-county listing of votes for Prop 35 can be seen at the California Secretary of State’s website: http://www.sos.ca.gov/elections/sov/2012-general/15-ballot-measures.pdf.
Initiative proponent Chris Kelly, former Chief Privacy Officer at Facebook and Founder of the Safer California Foundation said, “It’s incredibly powerful to know that over 10 million Californians support fighting back against human trafficking. Together, we made the internet a safer place for children, gave prosecutors the tools to go after human traffickers, and provided victims with greater access to services that will help them get a second chance at life. I’m proud to stand with law enforcement, prosecutors, survivors, advocates, and millions of Californians to say ‘enough is enough’ to human traffickers in our state.”
Noteworthy among the vote totals were:
• The California county with the highest vote percentage for Prop 35 was Monterey at 86.4%.
• Among California’s most populous counties, Los Angeles voted at 79.3%, Orange at 82.9%, and San Diego at 83.9%.
Initiative proponent Daphne Phung, founder of California Against Slavery added, “California voters made a decisive statement with the historic passage of Prop 35, that we stand side by side with trafficked and exploited women and children on the path to justice. Through the campaign, millions of Californians became aware that human trafficking is a crime that plagues our communities. We’ve made it clear that we will not tolerate human trafficking and the sexual exploitation of women and children.”
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About Proposition 35 – Stop Human Trafficking in California:
In California, many vulnerable women and young girls are held against their will and forced to sell their bodies. The victims are often girls as young as 12 who are sexually exploited for the financial gain of human traffickers. They are afraid for their lives and abused – sexually, physically, and mentally.
Human trafficking is said to be one of the fastest growing criminal enterprises in the world – and it is taking place right here in our own backyard. Three cities in California – San Francisco, Los Angeles, and San Diego – are recognized by the FBI as high intensity child sex trafficking areas. In addition, a recent national study by a victims’ rights group gave California an “F” grade for its weak laws dealing with child sex trafficking.
Now that it has passed with a resounding majority, Proposition 35, a partnership of California Against Slavery and the Safer California Foundation, will protect children in California by:
• Increasing prison terms for human traffickers.
• Requiring convicted sex traffickers to register as sex offenders.
• Requiring all registered sex offenders to disclose their internet accounts.
• Requiring criminal fines from convicted human traffickers to pay for services to help victims.
Proposition 35 was endorsed by organizations representing over 95,000 rank and file California Peace Officers, advocates for the protection of children, including Marc Klaas and the KlaasKids Foundation, and victims who survived sexual exploitation when they were children.
Prop 35 earned strong bipartisan support and was endorsed by both major political parties in California. For comprehensive information on Proposition 35, visit www.VoteYesOn35.com.
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About California Against Slavery
California Against Slavery (CAS) is a non-partisan human rights organization dedicated to ending human trafficking, starting where we live. The organization’s mission is to defend the freedom of every child, woman and man by empowering the people of California to fulfill our obligation to stop human trafficking. For more information, visit www.californiaagainstslavery.org.
About the Safer California Foundation
The Safer California Foundation is dedicated to supporting efforts to protect Californians from all forms of criminal exploitation. Created by Chris Kelly, former Facebook Chief Privacy Officer and a Silicon Valley attorney and philanthropist, the Safer California Foundation looks forward to the day when every neighborhood in California is as safe as our most secure neighborhoods today.